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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 13, 2009 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I enjoy most of the pre-hiatus studio material. It seems that after that they were doing albums only to satisfy the man, not as any creative outlet for themselves. That's not to say that Warner Brothers wasn't getting a piece of the pie from the earlier stuff, but the guys were also doing it for themselves. Listen to the sonic explorations on Aoxomoxoxa or the precision of Workingman's Dead or American Beauty. Also the few albums they did for their own label were motivated by more than just satisfying the contract. Anyway, after the hiatus the gems from the studio were few and far between (i.e. Shakedown Street) and some albums flop entirely (i.e. Go To Heaven).

But some of the tracks on the earlier albums are just sublime... Eyes Of The World, China Doll, Crazy Fingers, High Time, Friend Of The Devil, Morning Dew, Weather Report Suite, etc.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Mar 13, 2009 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Again, I find myself stuck somewhere in the minority.

I love the studio releases. Usually they're a tighter arrangement, more structured and streamlined. Due to the timing limitations of vinyl, they needed to condense as much as possible into as little time as possible. That being said, The Dead were The Dead, and they really never rushed anything.

I also love Blues for Allah, and Terrapin Station, because I feel that they'd achieved as a unit something very few artists do, and that's the ability to create exactly what they heard in their heads. The music sounded just like they wanted it to.

However, the Workingman's Dead and American Beauty duo really knock me out. They appeal to me so viscerally. When they released the remastered 5.1 DVD's of these, it opened up a new world of depth as well. There are harmonies I'd never been able to hear, and instrumentations that were completely lost in the original mixes. I believe that Mickey was responsible for the remastering on them. Truly astounding.

I'd like to add here that the Cats Under the Stars release is one I go back to often. I just love the groove on Rhapsody in Red, as well as that amazing Reuben and Cherise. GREAT Stuff.


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Poster: northstar dead Date: Mar 13, 2009 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I hear you with the Cats, I never get tired of that one.